WASHINGTON, July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leigh Anne Tuohy, a bestselling author, fearless leader and loving mother whose story has inspired millions, is set to inspire hundreds of women entrepreneurs from across the U.S. at the National Women's Business Conference hosted by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and presented by Bank of America. The 2015 event will be held September 27-29 (with Leadership Boot Camp on the 27th and the conference on the 28th and 29th) in San Antonio, Texas.
Michael Lewis dubbed Leigh Anne a "warrior princess" in his best-selling book-turned-film The Blind Side. Leigh Anne has since gone on to become a co-author, with her husband Sean, of the New York Times bestseller In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving, about the importance of family, charity and faith, and in March 2015, the Tuohys released their second book, Turn Around: Reach Out, Give Back, and Get Moving, about the concrete steps individuals can take to become more involved and giving. The Tuohys are also the founders of the Making It Happen Foundation, a charity devoted to improving the quality of life for the millions of American children who fight to survive in the invisible cracks in our society. In her talks, Leigh Anne embodies patience and perseverance, and imparts a simple but extraordinary message: Through even the smallest acts of love and charity, anyone can change the world.
"My hope is that each day my actions will inspire others to live differently," says Leigh Anne. "One day at a time, one change at a time…stop criticizing, start building people up, treat everyone equally, be positive, embrace those different than you, listen to others' ideas and thoughts…the list is endless. These changes will have a ripple effect on your friends, family, co-workers and even strangers! Charles Kettering said, 'The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.' One simple small positive thought can change your entire day and probably someone else's as well! What are you waiting for? It's time to get started!"
"We are thrilled to have Leigh Anne share her story and insights with our community of women business owners and the organizations and community leaders who support us," says Crystal Arredondo, NAWBO National Board Chair and partner of MPACT Financial in Dallas, Texas. "As women business owners, and as women, the more successful we become, the more ways we look to give back to our communities and to the world in small and large ways. Leigh Anne's message will no doubt resonate with the women (and men) who join us!"
This year's National Women's Business Conference will also feature a keynote from Bonnie St. John, who, despite having her right leg amputated at age 5, became the first-ever African-American to win Olympic or Paralympic medals in ski racing. Bonnie is a best-selling author of six books, a highly sought-after keynote speaker, a television and radio personality, a business owner and a Fortune 500 leadership consultant. Bonnie co-authored her most recent best-selling book How Great Women Lead with her teenage daughter.
The 2015 conference theme is "Inspire the Change." The economy is still recovering, led by women-owned and small businesses. It's up to these women to continue to be the "spark" of change and growth for the overall economy, for their communities, in their businesses, in their professional lives and for future generations of women. The event will feature a NAWBO 40th anniversary bash, an exhibit hall packed with tremendous resources and breakout sessions featuring the timeliest business topics for women business owners, in addition to the inspirational keynotes.
NAWBO was founded in 1975 by a group of women entrepreneurs who joined together to remove obstacles and create opportunities for other women entrepreneurs across the country. Today, NAWBO boasts 5,000 members and 60 chapters nationwide and is the only member organization representing women entrepreneurs in all sectors, sizes and stages of their business development.
Christina Jorgensen (ext. 103)
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NAWBO Communications Team
SOURCE National Association of Women Business Owners